Back in college, my husband Erik (boyfriend at the time) and I went to a fancy little cafe downtown. I ordered polenta and a side of green beans and waited eagerly for my meal to arrive. Unfortunately when I got my meal I was not in for a treat. To start, the polenta was flavorless and very lack luster, but at least there were still the green beans.
Green beans: normally one of my favorite vegetables. Not at this restaurant though. Their’s were tough, waxy and more flavorless than the flavorless polenta. Now whenever we go out, I hesitate to ever order green beans. Luckily, making my own at home is fast, easy and completely delicious.
All you have to do is start with about a pound of fresh green beans. Unlike the little cafe from college, I like to trim my green beans. It’s a quick and simple task to do. Just cut about 1/4 inch off the end of each bean. You can even grab a handful at a time and line them up, trimming many at a time. Then, in a few minutes time you’ll have them trimmed and ready to go!
Rinse your fresh beans well and then boil in 4 quarts of water on medium-high heat for 25 minutes. In the last five minutes of cooking, saute the chopped onions and minced garlic in 2 tbsp. butter in a large skillet. Once the beans are done boiling, drain them well and then toss them in the skillet with the onions and garlic. Toss them well to coat all the beans in the butter. Serve warm! It’s really as simple as that. A delicious side dish of tender, buttery green beans. Absolute perfection. Try pairing them with my recipe for meatloaf for the ultimate dinner of delicious comfort food!